The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL to
FIRST LIEUTENANT MAURICE J. QUINLAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Late on the night of 2 January 1069, First Lieutenant Quinlan launched as Aircraft Commander aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned the emergency medical evacuation of a seriously wounded Marine from a unit heavily engaged with a hostile force in Quang Nam Province. Undaunted by adverse weather and total darkness which increased the difficulty of identifying the landing zone, located in hazardous terrain, he completely disregarded his own safety as he fearlessly maneuvered his aircraft, with all lights extinguished, in an approach to the land- ing zone with only the dim light of a flashlight on the ground to guide him. Aborting his landing attempt when the increased intensity of enemy fire endangered his CH-46, he then coordinated his second approach with the suppressive fire of supporting gunships, but was again forced to wave off when he encountered an extremely heavy volume of hostile machine gun and auto- matic weapons fire which struck his aircraft. Rapidly assessing the damage and realizing the urgency of extracting the injured Marine whose condition was deteriorating, First Lieutenant Quinlan resolutely decided to begin a third land- ing attempt in the fire-swept area. Skillfully coordinating his approach with the fire of his escorting gunships, and using the tracer rounds of the ground unit to mark the landing zone, he fearlessly maneuvered to a landing. Ignoring the enemy rounds impacting near his helicopter, he boldly remained in his danger- ously exposed position until the wounded man was embarked and then departed the hazardous area. By his courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, First Lieutenant Quinlan was instrumental in saving the life of a Marine and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
FOR THE PRESIDENT
/S/ H. W. Buse, Jr.
H. W. BUSE, JR.
|1stLt. Maurice J. Quinlan||Pilot|
|1stLt. Larry W. Britton||Copilot|
|Cpl. Jerry D. Ganney||Crew Chief|
|Sgt. William K. Martin||Gunner|
|Cpl. Robert H. Edwards||Gunner|
After Action Report
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